Saturday, March 16, 2024

Ginger Sesame Pineapple Beef


I made this ginger sesame pineapple beef a while back, and it was delicious! I mean, it was so good that even the Fox finished his plate.

The recipe calls for homemade sweet Thai chili sauce and gave directions. I used less actual chili sauce than called for, and halved all the amounts and still had enough for the recipe. The quantities below are mine.

The original recipe called this a “20-minute dish” and, while I do not remember how long it took me to make, I do know that it was way more than 20 minutes. Plan accordingly. Serve with rice or your favorite equivalent.

For the homemade sweet Thai chili sauce
3 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. chili sauce (I used sriracha)
1 tsp. lime zest
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 ½ tsp. rice vinegar
1 tsp. tamari or soy sauce
1 ½ tsp. grated ginger
1 small clove grated garlic

Shake ingredients together in a glass jar.

For the ginger sesame pineapple beef
1 ½ lbs. ground beef (or chicken or pork; I used 2 lbs. beef)
black pepper and Korean chili flakes
2 Tbsp. butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup pickled ginger (or 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger; I used the latter)
1 ½ cups broccoli florets
1 ½ cups fresh pineapple chunks
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
¼ cup Thai chili sauce (see above)
¼ cup chopped green onions
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
4 Persian cucumbers, chopped
2 cups cilantro, chopped
½ cup Thai basil, chopped
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts

In a large skillet, combine the beef, black pepper, and chili flakes. Cook over medium heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, garlic, and ginger. Cook 2 minutes, until the butter browns and the beef gets crispy.

Mix in the broccoli and ¾ cup pineapple. Pour over the tamari, sweet chili sauce, and 1-2 tablespoons of ginger juice from the pickled ginger. Cook until the sauce coats the beef, 2-3 minutes. Mix in the green onions and sesame seeds. Remove from the heat.

In a bowl, toss ¾ cup pineapple chunks with the cucumbers, cilantro, basil, lime juice, and peanuts.

Serve the beef and broccoli over bowls of rice. Top with the pineapple herb salad. Add the chopped green onions, and if desired. Enjoy!

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